Overview

  • As of 1999, Macau is not technically a country; instead, it’s a Special Administrative Region of China (similar to Hong Kong) until at least 2049. As a former Portugeuse colony, the tiny islands of Macau are rich in history, colonial architecture and amazing food combining the Chinese and Portuguese cuisines. Macau is undergoing a major boom due to the construction of dozens of casinos and the mind-boggling wealth that has been created in mainland China. As long as the wealth continues and gambling remains illegal in China, Macau is destined to enter an era of great prosperity. Only being an hour by ferry from Hong Kong, it’s definitely worth a short stay if you’re in the area.

Blog Entries We Wrote

  • To see all the blog entries we wrote about Macau, please click HERE.

Pictures We Took

  • To see some of the pictures we took in Macau, please click HERE.

Cities/Areas We Visited

  • We were in Macau from Oct. 11-13, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places We Stayed

  • Venetian Hotel and Casino (Oct. 11-13) – huge, beautiful room; massive, brand-new hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places We Ate

  • Madeira Restaurant – Macanese restaurant in Venetian; spicy shrimp and African chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Restaurante Litoral – Excellent Macanese food; African chicken and Baked Salted Codfish (Bacharal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Imperial House Dim Sum – Located in Venetian; Great dim sum served by friendly waitress Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Cafe Deco – Located in Venetian; great pizza and very average club sandwich (4 staff people per table!)

Things We Did

  • Walked around historic district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Visited Church of St. Dominic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Saw Ruins of the Church of St. Paul and the underground crypt (with bones of Japanese martyrs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Visited A’Ma Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Retrieved ATM card that was eaten by ATM machine

Country Facts

  • Currency – Macanese pataca (but everyone takes Hong Kong dollars)
  • Exchange Rate – 7.5 patacas to $1

Special Thanks

  • We would like to thank the following individuals who gave us a wedding gift that we used in this country: Courtney & Mike, Mandy & Ric, Marisa & Steve, Angie & Chase Wiseman and Kristen & Jason Pursley. We really appreciate it!